34011-1:N:02/06/2001:LD/th LRSS2001-13507

By Representatives McDaniel, Allen, Baker, Bandy, Barton, Beasley, Beason, Black (L), Black (M), Boothe, Boyd, Bridges, Buskey, Carns, Carothers, Carter, Clark, Clouse, Crigler, Curry, Dolbare, Dukes, Dunn, Ford (C), Ford (J), Gaines, Galliher, Gaston, Gipson, Graham, Grantland, Greene, Greeson, Guin, Hall (A), Hall (L), Hamilton, Hammett, Haney, Hawkins, Hayden, Hill, Hilliard, Hogan, Holmes, Hooper, Houston, Hubbard, Humphryes, Hurst, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Kennedy, Knight, Laird, Layson, Letson, Lindsey, Major, Mancuso, Martin, Maull, McClammy, McClurkin, McKee, McLaughlin, McMillan, Melton, Millican, Mitchell, Morrison, Morrow, Morton, Newton (C), Newton (D), Oden, Page, Parker (T), Parker (W), Payne, Penry, Perdue, Pringle, Robinson (J), Robinson (O), Rogers (J), Rogers (M), Sanderford, Sanderson, Schmitz, Seibenhener, Spicer, Starkey, Thigpen, Thomas (D), Thomas (E), Thomas (J), Turner, Vance, Venable, Warren, White, Willis and Wren
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Rd 1 08-FEB-2001


WHEREAS, herein recorded with deepest sorrow and regret is the untimely death of former Representative Thomas Euclid Rains, Sr., of Sand Mountain, Alabama, at the age of 79 years; and

WHEREAS, despite his blindness, Mr. Rains ably represented Alabama House District 26 for 12 years, from 1978 to 1990, when he did not seek re-election; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Rains attended the Alabama School for the Blind, then earned degrees from Snead Community College and Jacksonville State University; and

WHEREAS, he founded Sand Mountain Broom Company and later expanded his farm to include cattle, market vegetables, and bees; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Rains gave generously of his time and talents as a little league baseball coach; and in 1977, success on the baseball field of 81 wins and 19 loses won him a spot on To Tell the Truth, as the only totally blind baseball coach in little league history; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Rains authored his autobiography, "Count Me In" and a book of stories called "I'm Not Afraid of the Dark;" and

WHEREAS, Mr. Rains and his loving and supportive wife of 41 years, the late Nell Rains, were killed as a result of a tragic automobile accident while driving to a Sunday morning worship service on August 27, 2000; and

WHEREAS, left to cherish the memory of Thomas Euclid Rains, Sr., are his four children, Linda Higgins, Thomas E. Rains, Jr., William L. Rains, and Mary Ruth Rains; and other devoted family members and friends; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That deeply saddened by the death of former Representative Thomas Euclid Rains, Sr., heartfelt sympathy is extended to his family, friends, and associates, and it is further directed that a copy of this resolution of sincere condolence shall be provided in tribute to his life and accomplishments.

Resolutions, Condolence
Rains, Thomas Euclid, Sr.